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Occupational Therapy

KU's occupational therapy programs are nationally recognized for excellence as a leader in education and research in the field. The Department of Occupational Therapy Education resides in the KU School of Health Professions and is located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The department offers three degree programs:

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

For students wanting to enter the profession of occupational therapy, this graduate degree begins with one year of undergraduate study. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to obtain OT licensure. >> MOT program details

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

This clinical-based doctorate program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who want to pursue the highest level of advanced practice. An OT degree and current license are required for admission. >> OTD program details

PhD in Therapeutic Science

Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science With an emphasis on understanding the consequences of health conditions for the person, rather than the health condition itself, therapeutic science is an interdisciplinary program that involves faculty in a variety of departments and schools across the University of Kansas. >> PhD program details

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Innovative Swim Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Partnering with Autism Speaks, the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education developed the Sensory Supported Swimming program to teach swimming and water safety to children with ASD. To promote successful learning, instructors combine traditional Red Cross learn-to-Swim methods with sensory strategies matched to the unique needs of each child. Details

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

KU's Master of Occupational Therapy program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Details

Last modified: Oct 10, 2013

KU OT Students appear on KCTV5

KU OT students make a cameo appearance in a recent segment of "Faces of Kansas City" on KCTV5. The segment profiles a 5-year-old who is legally blind and has cerebral palsy as he takes part in the Champs Achievers program. The first-year MOT students (in white uniforms) are completing their service learning requirement. Watch video.

AOTA Everyday Evidence Podcast

Lauren Little, assistant professor, is leading a team of occupational therapists in researching the participation in social activities of children with autism compared with other children. They discuss their study appearing in the March/April 2014 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. Listen

physical therapist works with woman in pool

The new Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic provides physical and mental health care services to patients with a focus on wellness and quality of life. Located in Kirmayer Recreation Center, the clinic gives KU students in physical therapy, occupational therapy and psychology a chance to evaluate patients under the supervision of licensed therapists. Read story


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